Wendy Davis attracts throngs of small donors in hip D.C. neighborhood
Democratic Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis, who gained national attention for staging a 13- hour filibuster to temporarily block an anti-abortion bill, continued to capitalize off that success Thursday with a series of D.C. fundraisers. She delivered remarks to a packed crowd of more than 400 cocktail-sipping attendees at a bar in D.C.'s hip U Street neighborhood.
The happy hour fundraiser was more moderately priced than her $500-per-plate morning fete at Johnny's Half Shell, which featured a bevy of Democratic senators. Suggested contributions started at $25, and the event was sold out well before the doors even opened.
That bounty will add to the nearly $1 million she raised in the final two weeks of June, when she staged the filibuster, although she has not even announced if she plans to run for statewide office. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. told Politico at the exclusive morning fundraiser that she urged Davis to run for governor.
If she intends to throw her hat into the gubernatorial race Davis has some serious ground to make up since the GOP favorite, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, has already raised over $21 million to Davis' $1 million.
While her political future is not clear, the one thing that is apparent is that the Texas Democrat can throw a pretty rockin' party. Camouflage and cowboy hats were visible among the sea of button downs and high heels, and there were plenty of colorful beverages to temper the Washington heat.
After being introduced by Rep. Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Texas, a longtime friend, Davis took the floor in front of a full-sized Lone Star flag to cheers from the audience, and promptly laid in to the Texas GOP, who she said had broken the public's trust in favor of helping their "friends and themselves," while she personally was not afraid to "tell special interests no."
One can only hope Greg Abbott throws a similar District shindig. Greg, if anything is in the works, make sure to send an invite this way!
(Photo credits: Peter Olsen Phillips/Sunlight Foundation)